November 10, 2013 Subject:
Fascinating, insightful take on mainly modern history, that opens whole new vistas.
Tragedy & Hope really does present a fascinating view of History.
If Sir Kenneth Clark is at the root of your history of western civilization, then be ready for a completely different facet.
Quigley has Russia as a different civilization. Not part of, or even potentially part of Western Civilization.
"These concepts of the Russian system must be emphasized because they are so foreign to our own traditions."
"There was also another basic distinction between Western Civilization and Russian Civilization. This was derived from the history of Christianity."
His views on the Russian authors is also fascinating.
One is left in fact with a whole new insight to western history, and opens a new way in which to view the history of those cultures Quigley does not cover.
It is hard to imagine that the advisors to U.S. Presidents since Nixon, but especially Reagan, were not guided by Quigley's views. Certainly he was mentor to Clinton.
Well worth reading.